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Diablo 3 Auction House Shutdown: Why it’s Happening & the Elements of Good Economy Design

Lore Hound writes: "Blizzard announced earlier this week that both the real money and gold auction houses for Diablo 3 would be shutting down soon, and the reactions have been mostly positive. Despite the groundbreaking features of the auction house, its negative effects on the game outweighed the benefits. Specifically, it made obtaining items useful for you pretty impossible and necessitated its use in order to play at any meaningful level.

But why? What about WoW and its auction house and microtransactions? What about Hearthstone; isn’t it also “pay-to-win”? I think the design flaw in Diablo 3’s auction house came down to not managing the following concepts correctly: “gameplay first” and “economy as gameplay”."

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pandehz1033d ago

Misleading title.

The auction house hasn't been shut down. It will in March

4logpc1033d ago

Wow....article is so wrong its astonishing.

ramza041033d ago

The way the title is written isn't implying that it has shut down just that the article is about it's impending shutdown.